Tag: Somalia


Homesickness Blog

I was always one of those passionate Somali youngsters. I’d never claim to be British, because for me a British person was overly competitive sore loser with passive-aggressive tendencies and an aversion to telling the truth. My Somali nature would brazenly opt for honesty over forced politeness. And well, being a Black refugee child taught me I had little room to be smug; which was the...

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PODCAST PHOTO Podcast

In this episode, as follow up on an earlier published article titled ’The Sensationalized Somali: Anti-Blackness and Islamophobia in Toronto’s Media”, we discuss in more depth the recently released ‘This is Dixon’ VICE documentary. Guests speak candidly on the real-life impact of parachute journalism on Somalis living in Canada.  


The Fear Amongst Ourselves Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #6 Mogadishu, Somalia The fear of insecurity disconnects people in the neighborhood. It creates unspeakable walls between us. We meet and exchange greetings, all very short: Asalaamu alaikum. Wa alaikum asalaam. We do not get to know each other by names. We have lived here, a district in Mogadishu, for almost two years. Every day I take a walk around the area with my mother. When we...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode, we discuss a British run dhaqan celis camp in Wales; #cadaanstudies as an analytic to question and disrupt the narratives of the ‘war on terror’; deaf advocacy in the Somali community, and more.


Federalism: By the People or For Them? Blog

For too many Somalis, the federalism project seems to be a foregone conclusion. The Federal Republic of Somalia was proclaimed almost exactly three years ago and we have had transitional federal governments for years before that. So what is federalism? Why is federalism presented as the only option for Somalia? Who chose federalism for us? I’ve been ruminating on these questions for a while and I shall...

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It Takes Two to Tango: The Security State and the Terrorist Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #2 Nairobi For the relatively well to do and internationally mobile Somalis, a flight out of Mogadishu is a welcome reprieve looked forward to with much anticipation. I, being one of those, was eagerly looking forward to a week in Nairobi after a few months of holding my breath in Mogadishu. In a jovial mood, on the airplane I decided to enlighten myself. I...

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